Off Panel #308: I Defense with Kyle Starks
In this week’s episode of Off Panel, cartoonist Kyle Starks joins me to chat about the upcoming The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton. Starks discusses how the last year has been, adjusting to the new world order, how conventions open things up for him, expanding genres, the difficulty of funny comics, the origins of Trigger Keaton, partnering with Chris Schweizer, the cast and process of the book, balancing humor, catchphrases, and more, before we close with some serious basketball talk.
You can find Starks on Twitter and the upcoming The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton from Image/Skybound, which arrives June 9th.
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